Kyle Gregg dominates Richard Stewart Memorial Rally, defends title

By December 09, 2019

Kyle Gregg said he could not have asked for a better ending to the year following his dominating victory on the weekend in the Richard Stewart Memorial Rally Jamaica in Bog Walk St Catherine.

Gregg and co-pilot Marcia Dawes took the early lead on Saturday and dominated the 22-stage rally, which concluded on Sunday evening.

Gregg and Dawes completed the stages in 1:49:12.012, well clear of Thomas Hall and James Lechler, 1:50:15.966 and Timothy Stewart and Stephen Gunter 1:51:46.012.

Gregg, who is also Jamaica’s driving champion on the Dover circuit, expressed gratitude at the end of the gruelling two-day event.

“This year, Dover Thundersport champion and Jamaica Rally Champion. I couldn’t ask for anything better. The course was a lot tougher, new stages, new configurations, so it was a level playing field,” he told Sportsmax.TV on Sunday.

“This year the competition was great. It was a very competitive field. Basically, five of us could have won the rally.”

Gregg said his team took a cautious approach at the start of the rally, a move that paid off mid-way the first day.

“Saturday, in the morning, we decided to drive at our own pace and see where we were based on every other competitor’s time. At lunch-time we found ourselves about six seconds in front of Lee Vaz,” he explained. “After lunch, we decided to turn it up, driving a little harder, which resulted in us having a minute-plus lead.”

At the close on Saturday, Gregg and Dawes (49:28.020) led Stewart/Gunter (51:28.675) and Hall/Lechler (51:31:190).

There were two crashes on the day. The team of Joel Jackson and Dmitri Dawkins, who had been making progress up the standings crashed on Special Stage Six and was unable to continue citing significant damage to his Subaru.

Lee Vaz and Michael Fennell Jr rolled and suffered minor structural damage. However, they eventually unable to continue.

However, Gregg completed day one in good shape and raced within their potential to ensure victory.

“On day two, we had such a huge gap we decided to just maintain our pace and basically bring the car home. Marcia and I had a lot on the line trying to win back-to-back Rally Jamaica championships, which we ended up doing,” he said.

“It feels great.”

Leslie Madden and Sean Williams (1:57.53.155) were fourth with Bobby Marshall and Marcel Brandon (2:06:59.700) finishing fifth.

Raynor King and Ramseses McGregor (2:08:29.308) ended sixth while Derrick McDowell and Michael Isaacs (2:34:10.305) were seventh.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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